If you had been watching CNN, you'd have caught the news of the Swine Flu outbreak last week.
No, I didn't blog about it because I was pretty busy and was not able to post anything. No excuses.
I did talk about it to someone, though, remarking that the Swine Flu seemed eerily to remind me of our very own Nipah Virus which caused an outbreak in pig farms in this country in 1999, causing deaths.
Last week, the cases of Swine Flu were confined in Mexico. US authorities were then just issuing warnings and precautionary measures.
Now, several cases have been detected in Texas, California, Kansas and Ohio and as far as Canada and Israel.
The Health Ministry has advised Malaysians against travelling to Canada, Mexico and selected US states where there have been reports of swine flu infection.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has urged the public not to panic.
He said the Health Ministry has in place protocol to prevent the disease from spreading to Malaysia.
The protocol include tightening surveillance at all entry points into Malaysia via airports and ports, and also at border crossings.
So, okay. Let's not panic. I don't know about you, but, I do get worried when there's an outbreak of any kind of DEADLY flu.
These days, outbreaks "travel" fast. There, today, here, tomorrow.
Let's hope the health and medical authorities the world over, including our own, will be able to act fast to prevent further spread.
And we need to play our part too.